Did you ever have a teddy bear growing up? It is a very common gift for people to give to an expectant mother. It is also a common gift given on Valentine’s Day as an expression of love and affection.
A couple of days ago I had one of my readers contact me about a catalog she received in the mail from the Vermont Teddy Bear Company. She said she has ordered teddy bears from them for years to give as gifts; however, she wouldn’t be ordering from them ever again. Why? Because they have chosen to venture down a path that not only doesn’t line up with the idea of gifts for children and those you love, but they’ve chosen to sell a product that makes a mockery of love itself.
They have chosen to sell a Christian Grey Bear, equipped with blindfold and handcuffs. The catalog states:
Dominate Valentine’s Day this year. Give the one you love something that will obsess and possess her. With all of the trappings of a memorable gift- daring, passion, exciting next-to-skin touch- she’ll be desperate to get close. This Bear seduces her with silky, smoky grey fur; smoldering grey eyes; a handsome gray suit and silver tie. He even comes with a mask and handcuffs. She can’t help but submit to loving him.”
You can purchase this bear for $89.99. Seriously? Since when did words like obsess, possess, seduces, and submit have anything to do with teddy bears?
Scripture tells us clearly God is love; however, He has NOTHING to do with what is described in this catalog [1 John 4:8]. This description is nothing more than debauchery, which is defined as,
excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures; bad or immoral behavior that involves sex, drugs, alcohol, etc.; seduction from virtue.”
God’s word is clear in Romans 13:13,
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.”
Or Galatians 5:19,
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;”
I am not a prude; far from it, in fact. I believe sex is a beautiful gift from God and was intended to be enjoyed. However, I do not believe what the book, Fifty Shades of Grey, or this bear promotes is what God ever intended. I am astounded the lengths companies and people are going to in order to elevate this type of sexuality. It promotes a divergent form of sexuality which perpetuates sex trafficking in our nation. This is nothing more than porn with spin off products. To read more about it, you can go here.
I want to encourage you to let the Vermont Teddy Bear Company know your thoughts about this bear. You can reach them at 1-800-829-2327 and write them at The Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Attn: Customer Service, 6655 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482.
Speak up and speak out. Raise your voice for hope!
I just discovered this sight and thought I’d share. It’s a great way to take a stand against this book/movie and help those who have been victimized.
Thanks for all you do, Susan. You are informing and teaching every day, and I personally am grateful to the LORD for you. Have a great day and good weekend!
I called the company today and talked with a gentleman who handles customer service. He said he agreed with the fact that their company wouldn’t want to be linked to something that perpetuates sex trafficking. He said he would love to pass my contact information on to the person who was the decision maker and allow them to reach out to me to continue the conversation. Join me in letting this company know this is not okay.
Keep up the good work, Susan!
Thanks, Lou! I hope I get to see you in Charleston in March at the ladies retreat.
After reading this article, I was in shock. I wanted to throw up. We live in a sick, sick world. Teddy Bears used for this perversion?!
You can come get us anytime, Jesus.
Susan, I agree with you. The enemy doesn’t care if we’re shocked or even repulsed as long and he keeps us from taking a stand and making a difference. Make the phone call to the bear company and share this article on your social media to get your friends to join the fight!
I talked with a customer rep. named Robin who was sympathetic to my thoughts on surprise and disappointment at the use of their teddy bears to make pornography appear more acceptable.
She gave me the name of the company’s CEO – Bill Shouldice – and suggested that a letter would carry more weight addressed directly to him.
Here is the address again:
6655 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482.
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